The vehicle that caught fire on I-89 in Middlesex Friday was full of VT Gelato.
Vermont State Police say the Peter Solley of Newfane, Vt. was driving the Toyota Sienna when the minivan experienced mechanical issues and caught fire.
Firefighters from Montpelier Fire Department and Middlesex Fire Department were called in to battle the fire which took approximately 30 minutes to put out. Traffic on Interstate 89 northbound was shut down during that time.
In a Facebook post Friday evening, Vermont Gelato stated that Solley was uninjured. The minivan he was driving belonged to the company and was filled with $2,000 worth of gelato orders and freezers that were headed for Burlington.
The ice cream shop is devastated by this loss and is trying to return to normal business. According to the post, the company is using a rental van for deliveries but it doesn’t have the proper freezer that they need to keep the gelato cool.
Local 22 & Local 44 spoke with Solley over the phone who said the business will take a hit for at least a month.
“Even if we order new ones [freezers] it would take three to four weeks to get them all,” Solley said.
The company is looking to borrow or rent a car freezer as the rental van they are currently using does not have one.